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by ARLnow.com — March 15, 2013 at 8:50 am 651 25 Comments

Cherry blossoms on 15th Street S. in Pentagon City on 3/14/13

Free Taxi Rides on St. Paddy’s Day — As part of the SoberRide program, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will be offering free taxi rides home on Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day) from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. In order to get your fare (up to $30) comped, you must call 1-800-200-TAXI to book the cab. [Washington Regional Alcohol Program]

St. Patrick’s Day in Shirlington — Restaurants and stores in Shirlington are offering a number of specials food, drink and product this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. [Shirlington Village Blog Spot]

Arlington Touts Traffic Management — Despite a surge in population and employment in Arlington County since the 1970s, there has not been a corresponding significant increase in traffic levels on major county streets. According to a new blog post from the county’s Mobility Lab, Arlington County Commuter Services deserves some of the credit for that. The bureau — which operates Walk Arlington, Bike Arlington, and the Car Free Diet marketing campaign, among other “Transportation Demand Management” functions — says it kept 45,000 cars off county streets every work day in 2012. [Mobility Lab]

ACPD Officers to Participate in Bike Trek — Three Arlington County police officers will participate in the annual “Road to Hope” Law Enforcement United bicycle trek from Chesapeake, Virginia to Washington, D.C. The three day, 250-mile ride is organized “to honor the service and sacrifice of their law enforcement colleagues who have died in the line of duty” and to provide support for two law enforcement charities. [Arlington County Police Department]

  • Ol’ Grumpy

    Pretty Cherry Tree Flowers > or < Messy Cherry Tree Flowers?

    • flux

      In recognition of the cherry picking by Arlington traffic people for their press release.

    • Glass is Never Full?

      Now we know why you call yourself Ol’ Grumpy, to even contemplate a downside to the blossoms.

  • ARL

    Awesome to see more evidence that our mobility philosophy is working.

  • Arlington Cat

    I would think Saturday would have more drunk partiers.

    • O’Hokie

      Gotta represent. I’m wearin my green VT hoodie this weekend

      • Arl’s Jr.

        Stay off my couch!

    • SomeGuy

      Same here. But I think the number of free cab pickups that occur within 2 hours of when the rider calls will be about the same either day.

  • Ren

    Coming from someone who lived here in the 70′s, there is much more traffic in Arlington. Don’t care how they cook the numbers.

    • speonjosh

      I think you have to be very careful in how you interpret the numbers. What they are saying is that the traffic has not increased proportionately with the increase in residents and workers. I’ve only been here since ’97, but the population and employment in the county has certainly gone up quite a bit since then. Remarkably, while there are certainly pockets of traffic, it has not gone up in the same way. And it seems like the worst traffic spots are related to people trying to drive through or out of the county. (With the obvious exceptions of traffic around grocery stores, etc.)

      • SamW

        (With the obvious exceptions of traffic around grocery stores, etc.)

        Thank goodness we don’t have a Wal Mart.

    • ARL

      Once again, someone who doesn’t understand the numbers assumes they are being “cooked” instead.

  • Chris M.

    I’m not looking to make a big deal out of this because it’s a small thing, but you don’t really do the community a services when you release a presses release from a county agency patting themselves on the back with what looks to be inflated stats.

    Writing “according to” before the figures does not give you blanket immunity from offering any opinion about whether these numbers are worth anything. 1/2 (23k) of the figure you mention is from an ambiguous category “employer services” and you mention a bunch of programs that make up a fraction of the remaining riders. What ever happened to a healthy journalistic cynicism?

    • SomeGuy

      I think when it comes to the “Morning Notes,” ArlNow just summarizes, and cynicism is left as an exercise for the commenters. We usually do a pretty good job too!

    • speonjosh

      Yeah, I’m not sure ARLnow has to offer an “opinion about whether these numbers are worth anything.” From the beginning, the site has been almost entirely free of editorial comments. Nor has there been much of any investigative journalism. Mostly, it’s just a news feed type site. They actually do a better job than does Fox in the whole “we report, you decide” mission.

      • Chris M.

        Fair enough, but they repost these releases from the county all the time, and sometimes the numbers are just silly. You can point out flaws without offering editorial comments. The folks putting them out might think twice if the site points the flaws out. I doubt they’re listening to the commenters.

        • Ballstonian

          “You can point out flaws without offering editorial comments.”

          Actually pointing out flaws would be a textbook example of editorial comment. I suspect that ArlNow doesn’t have the staff or resources to do investigative journalism, so they just lay out what the press release says, identify it as a press release, and let the readers decide whether to credit it.

          • Chris M.

            Completely disagree. Assessing validity is called reporting. You can do this without being editorial. As for your other comment, It doesn’t take extensive investigative journalism to accomplish this. See my comment below.

    • Oh Boy

      Yes, deploy journalistic resources to this important issue, internet chat room sage!

      • Chris M.

        Yeah, a Google search and an extra line pointing out the “employer services” share of the number instead of the other minor stuff. Not exactly time consuming work.

        Also, why are you yelling SAGE. Seems like a strange thing to do.

    • lost

      Where are you getting a 23k number or “employer services?” Which link?

  • Thanks ACPD!

    Much love for the ACPD officer that stopped me from driving before I got in my car last night (after a couple drinks)!!

  • Googla

    Arlnow should be referencing the source, not a copy and paste anonymous “blog.” The information source is http://villageatshirlington.com/events/upcoming-events/st-patricks-day-festivities/, which is Federal Realty.

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